Manjeet Kripalani

Executive Director, Gateway House

AllenSolly_210x140_0Manjeet Kripalani is the co-founder of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, and acts as the executive director of the institution. Prior to the founding of Gateway House, Kripalani was India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine from 1996 to 2009. During her extensive career in journalism (Businessweek, Worth and Forbes magazines, New York), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards.       Kripalani was the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, which inspired her to found Gateway House.<--break-> Her political career spans being the deputy press secretary to Steve Forbes during his first run in 1995-96 as Republican candidate for U.S. President in New Jersey, to being press secretary for the Lok Sabha campaign for independent candidate Meera Sanyal in 2008 and 2014 in Mumbai. Kripalani holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bombay University (Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts in English and History) and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York. She is a member of the Asian advisory board of the International Centre for Journalists and the Overseas Press Club, and sits on the executive board of Gateway House, the Indian Liberal Group and Emancipaction, all of which are non-profit organizations. Click here to download high-res image

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Last modified: May 5, 2016

Recent projects

20160429_160524 Courtesy: Manjeet Kripalani
5 May 2016 Gateway House

Winds of change in India’s states

The five ongoing state elections in India hint at a shift away from old established players who have failed to recognise the dreams of the youth. This is part of a global trend, from the Arab upheavals, to Hong Kong's Umbrella protests, to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the U.S.

Indian shastra Courtesy: Aleph Book Company
23 July 2015 Gateway House

The shastri’s”Shastra”

In the last of a trilogy of books, Shashi Tharoor's volume of 100 articles poses numerous question and critiques of the one-year old Modi government, while also offering "Shastra" on a range of topics. However, in many cases his criticism are unfair and easily applicable to the previous Congress government

Sushma Swaraj Courtesy: MEA Flickr
18 June 2015

Sushma Swaraj’s scorecard

If Prime Minister Modi is India's Sachin Tendulkar, External Affairs Minister is Rahul Dravid. In the past year Swaraj has quietly supporting Prime Minister Modi and ratcheted up a number of achievements, from evacuating thousands of Indians from conflict zones to leading India's engagement in the middle east.

modi Courtesy: MEA/Flickr
21 May 2015 Gateway House

Modi: India’s salesman-in-chief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign travels combine domestic and foreign policy to achieve India’s twin goals of national security and investment inflow. The leader-as-salesman is not new, and India is just catching up with the global norm
Modi in Hannover Courtesy: MEA/Flickr
13 April 2015 Gateway House

Modi in Hannover: Industry 4.0

Germany is a crucial partner for India, especially for the Make in India programme. The needs and strengths of both countries are complementary: in India, German companies are among the largest employers, and Germany is the second largest destination for Indian investment in Europe. India needs to develop and enhance the skill of its population, and develop an advanced manufacturing base. For this, a new level of collaboration is required.
Modi Obama shaking hands Courtesy:
23 January 2015 Gateway House

Obama-Modi: parallel paths

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives U.S. President Obama as his first guest at India’s Republic Day parade, the invitation to Obama and his consequent decision to visit India speak volumes about the prospects for the India-U.S. relationship

Mumbai Courtesy: wikimedia
7 November 2014 Gateway House

BRICS headquarters in Mumbai

Globally, metropolitan cities are becoming powerful centres that sustain entire countries. In the case of Mumbai, the government can work backwards by stitching the infrastructure and governance together. The tried-and-tested technique is to host an international institution or event. Gateway House argues that Mumbai is most appropriate to be home to the headquarters of BRICS

Martin Luther King Memorial Courtesy: MEA/Government of India
6 October 2014 Gateway House

India-U.S: indifference to interest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington has led to a patching up of differences between the two countries. Building on this understanding will allow the bilateral to operate as a partnership of equals, and move from the current indifference and irritability, to a true convergence of interests

PennyPritzker Courtesy: Commerce department\US govt
30 July 2014

Pritzker: pragmatic dealmaker?

Penny Pritzker, U.S. commerce secretary is the new element in the India-U.S. bilateral dialogue. Her business skills have brought a shine to her ministry at home and perhaps she can have the same effect in Delhi